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This exclusive ISSOS summer school program is offered to high school students from 13-18 years old. A unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure, students will study either in St Andrews, Cambridge or Yale, three historic, stunning, and picturesque university towns. This three week summer school program ensures a truly international experience inasmu...

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In the heart of Tuscany and a short distance from Florence, Siena is one of the major cultural centers of Italy, making it a perfect destination for SPI Study Abroad’s Italian program! The region is rich in history as Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance influences are visible everywhere. SPI Siena program participants will study the Italian language, culture and history, while experienci...

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Looking for the perfect combination of adventure and discovery this summer? YFU is excited to add to our long list of summer programs with four new 2-week programs to France, Germany, Greece and Spain- just right for a student's busy summer schedule! These programs are a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel with your friends to explore unique cultural centers while experiencing life wi...

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Projects Abroad offers Care & Community Work in Tanzania for Teens, a program that offers a completely enriching time with children and people in a local community. You will have the opportunity to work with kids, immerse in the local lifestyle through a homestay, and discover a new culture. During your time in Tanzania, you will be assigned at a care center or in an orphanage where you wil...

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Experience the arts and cultures of Nicaragua and Cuba through a comparative lens on a summer abroad program for high school students. Delve into the creative arts in Nicaragua and Cuba and examine how people in both countries have used the arts to promote social transformations. In Nicaragua, where the program is based, experience daily life and culture from several different perspectives. ...

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API High School offers various Summer programs for high school students, and API Gap Year offers programs for recent high school graduates. These consist of study, adventure, volunteer, and immersion offerings in Europe Latin America, and Asia. All of our gap year programs (and some of our summer programs) are offered for college credit, and all provide an eye-opening exposure to a different cu...

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Get an introduction to the Mandarin language through immersion in Chinese daily life. This four-week program offers you the opportunity to take introductory language classes during the day, and then put your skills to immediate use by interacting with your host family and friends. With this combination of language lessons and first-hand cultural experience, you’ll be able to improve your Mandar...

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Our Tokyo summer programs offer students an immersion experience in Japan with intense language learning and cultural explorations. From intensive classes conducted by experienced instructors, a broad spectrum of culture and trip activities, to living with our warm-hearted host families (alternative housing such as dormitory can be arranged), we make sure that all students get a rich and s...

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Take the opportunity to make your gap year great and worthwhile by exploring any of the programs we offer: we offer paid internships, Mandarin language study or study & tour in China. Given the importance of a gap year in a young person's life, we support you in your efforts to explore your career path, to find opportunities outside your own country, take an adventure and delve into an option s...

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The summer French immersion school for teenagers has been offered every summer since 2005 by Edu-inter. Through this summer camp, hundreds of teenagers live and learn French in Quebec City. This highly international program welcomes students from more than 20 countries. Students attend French classes in the morning, from 8:30am to 11:45am. Classes are organized into seven levels, and help stude...

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For students who are starting to think about university and future career paths, this is an excellent course to gain exposure to the legal process, the fundamentals of economic theory and market structures and how they affect our daily lives. Students will learn about the different types of legal theory, ranging from contract law to criminal law and civil procedure. The class will then de...

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Reach Cambridge offers United Kingdom and international high school students the opportunity to gain an invaluable academic experience through a summer course in one of the top educational facilities in the world. Participants stay in the world-renowned University of Cambridge, located just 50 miles north of London. Reach Cambridge provides unique and academically rigorous one, two and three-w...

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Morocco Off the Beaten Track Summer Abroad Program is designed for college or high school students from English-speaking countries who are 18 or older. During the program, the organization will take participants on a discovery of Moroccan hospitality and its cultural diversity, within ancient cities, and in the heart of Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival in Morocco, the org...

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CI Experience Brazil collaborates with some of the best schools for international students in Brazil. These schools and language centers offer students the opportunity not only to learn the beautiful Portuguese language, but also to learn from experienced teachers while immersing in the fabulous culture. This exciting program is a fantastic way to embark on an unforgettable Brazilian adventu...

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Broadreach offers experiential summer adventures for middle school, high school and college students, including scuba, sailing, multi-sport, marine biology, language immersion and community service programs that span the globe. Over the years, we've taken thousands of teenagers to some of the world's most incredible destinations -- the islands of the Caribbean, Australia, Fiji, the Solomon Isla...

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High School Summer Programs Abroad

Who would have thought that summer school can be fun? Even more, that it can be the best summer of your educational career, and that it will provide you with stories of foreign lands, strange characters, mysterious languages, lifelong friendships, good deeds, and other hidden treasures. Whether you wish to swim with sharks in South Africa, roll your r’s in Spain, or become someone’s hero in Vietnam, there are high school summer programs abroad just for you. Even if it doesn’t give a certificate or transcript credit, the meaningful investment of your time will be worth more than any community college class or babysitting gig back home.

Why Travel Abroad in the Summer

High school summer programs will allow you to get out of your local bubble for a few weeks, and fill your head with something other than the latest fashion trends, current TV series, or boy-girl drama. Instead, grasp the opportunity to put yourself in perspective with the rest of the world and see that there is much, much more to life than just perfect report cards and locker combinations.

With a high school summer program abroad, your maturity, sense of independence, and critical thinking skills will evolve more than most people’s do in their entire high school experience. Coming in contact with another culture in a foreign place opens your eyes to new ways of living, which, in turn, teaches you flexibility, adaptation, and responsibility (are your parents convinced yet?). Furthermore, spending even a couple of weeks in France or Spain is going to boost you up to that advanced language class in an eye blink. The younger you are, the easier it is to learn a language, so play the “language immersion” card now, rather than in college. Instead of grammar lessons on blackboards, move in with a host family and make new pengyou that will become your BFF’s even back home.

If you’re not hooked yet, consider this: you will be lightyears ahead of your classmates on college applications. That’s right! You took initiative and jumped on the bandwagon before it became the “cool” thing to do in college. In addition to being a big bullet point on college apps, a summer abroad can help you find what you are truly interested in studying, or maybe even help you find your dream university abroad!

Locations

If you got lost at your big, scary high school the first week of class, then the idea of picking somewhere in the world to spend a summer abroad is probably a bit daunting. But, have no fear. Just like elective choices first felt overwhelming, you will soon realize that picking a location is a great exercise of personal freedom that is to your advantage.

Western Europe. For greater levels of comfort and familiarity (but with enough room for culture shock, no worries!), look for a high school summer program in countries like France, Spain, or England. There’s probably good reason that most of the world is flocking to this trio of tourism and educational tour giants, so you’ll be in good company amidst well-reviewed programs. That’s not to say that there’s no share of eye-opening moments though; try standing next to the Eiffel Tower, in the Alhambra, or by Big Ben and not feel amazed!

Oceania. Both Australia and New Zealand are straight out of a dusty novel or epic movie, ready to entice with surreal landscapes and constantly-happy people. For surfers, undercover ranchers, and future professional photographers, this part of the world offers plenty of opportunities for adventure and scenic snapshots. If the plane ticket there isn’t an issue, nothing will hold you back.

Central America. Financially cheaper, but culturally no less rich, Central America is buzzing with environmental, volunteering, adventuring, and linguistic opportunities to stimulate even the laziest student. Whether it’s jungle tours and white beaches in Costa Rica or isolated communities and Mayan ruins in Guatemala, there’s much more than fresh tropical fruits and cute monkeys here.

High School Summer Programs Abroad

Like your favorite pair of Converse sneakers, your high school summer program should fit you well and feel right. As if picking location wasn’t enough, now you get to decide if it’s your tongue or green thumb that you would like to exercise.

For those tough kids that want an additional thrill to international travel, consider a high school adventure program. Instead of volunteering with dogs at your local shelter or picking up trash at the neighborhood park, save turtles with a conservation project in Costa Rica or zip-line through jungles while learning about reforestation in Brazil.

For the linguistically-inclined, try a language immersion program. Adopt a new family with a homestay option, and come back with another language under your belt. Partake in a few siestas in Spain, host some rad fêtes in France, or expand pasta vocabulary in Italy as you make languages a lot more exciting than just memorizing verb charts. 

Students that are particularly interested in looking like awesome people on their college apps (or just have a big heart) might consider a volunteer program. Whether it’s construction projects in Guatemala or playing with children in Thai orphanages, there are many life-changing opportunities beyond your city’s soup kitchens or library shelves.

Benefits & Challenges

Unless you grew up a travel whiz, you will come in contact with languages, lifestyles, and labels that will seem completely out of this world. This dose of culture shock might seem completely overwhelming and might make you question everything you grew up believing; this is great. Opening yourself to new feelings and traditions shapes you into a compassionate global citizen capable of tackling anything.

Most importantly though, a high school summer program can open doors to universes you didn’t even know existed. Not only will you be forced to grow up sooner (if you were shy before, go and try to buy some postage stamps from a bar in Italy and all of your domestic insecurities will fade), but you will come in touch with people, places, and perspectives that will have a lasting impression on your future decisions. Confidence will help find new solutions to problems, whether they be educational, international, or personal.

The amount of personal growth and sparkly memories seem almost unproportional to the brief days you will spend abroad. Breathe deep and fill every second with meaning. Whether you are off volunteering, studying, acquiring a language, or adventuring abroad, make this summer one that will stick out in your high school yearbooks.

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